The caring profession

Career information on veterinary nursing

source: Your Cat April 2000
starts p50, 2 pages long

The work of a veterinary nurse can be tough emotionally and physically, but there are many rewards too. Duties include laboratory work, animal first aid, feeding and cleaning, general ward care, and helping vets during surgery, as well as telephone and reception work. Job opportunities occur in private veterinary practices, as well as animal charities such as the RSPCA. Qualifications required are give GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths, science, and English, and to enrol with the British Veterinary Nursing Association, you must be 17-years-old, and employed at an Approved Training and Assessment Centre practice. The British Veterinary Nursing Association's Pre-Veterinary Nursing course is another option, if you do not gain the right number of GCSEs, and this requires you to have worked in a veterinary practice for at least nine months full-time, or 18 months part time.